Villa Le Maschere
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Original art throughout, from carved stone masks to historic frescoes
- The two alfresco pools overlooking the Tuscan countryside
- Enjoying a rich Chianti in the villa’s cellar bar
- Set on 45 acres of exquisite parkland
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $5 per person per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Easy 45-minute drive from Florence — and the rest of Tuscany — so you can daytrip everywhere from the Uffizi Gallery to the Chianti wine region
- Service by the pools leaves much to be desired; bring a towel, and arrive early
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Villa le Maschere features exquisite architecture matched by its prestigious guest list. Kings, queens, popes, artists and Italian noblemen have all warmed the beds here, and it’s easy to see why: this 16th-century villa captures the best of Tuscan culture, and history. Carved masks, made from local pietra serena stone, grace the façade, offering an intriguing taste of what awaits within. The spacious, airy villa reveals historical surprises around every corner: frescoes by painter Francesco Furini, detailed floral reliefs, and Majolica ceramics dating from the Renaissance and Venetian tiling.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 65 guestrooms and suites is individually decorated, with a striking color scheme, from periwinkle to lemon. Elegant and Superior rooms have distinctive beds, upholstered or lacquered wooden headboards and signature Tuscan-colored armchairs and curtains. While the villa is impressively historic, modern conveniences haven’t been sacrificed. Rooms come with high-end TVs, free WiFi, designer toiletries and fluffy robes. The white marble bathrooms — spacious, with classic arches and moldings – could double as a Parisian pied-à-terre.
If you’ve come to Italy to indulge in the cuisine, Villa le Maschere doesn’t disappoint. You can dine on traditional Tuscan dishes, including pasta slathered in meaty swordfish and black olives, at PioppoNero, where you can eat out on the terrace or sip vino amid the restored brick vaults of the cellar bar, DivinVino. Il Cancello di Ghiereto is the setting for a lavish buffet breakfast, and for serious food lovers there are cooking classes (including wine pairing) with the chef. In the ancient vaults of the villa there’s a wellness center with a lengthy treatment list that makes use of a sauna, a Turkish bath and a Jacuzzi. Its stone arches look out over the inviting alfresco swimming pools.
How to Get There
When booking this hotel you should be aware that rooms on the second floor have hatches called windows, measuring 1 by 1 meter, starting at floor level. So you have to lie on your belly to see the beautiful Tuscan landscape through the hatch (sorry window). This room feature is not mentioned in the hotel ads.
We experienced a night with a bus load of noisy tourists which made our stay miserable.
My son stayed here with his new bride and I called ahead to upgrade his room and the hotel was so helpful they put them in a gorgeous room and my son and his new wife said they were treated like royalty the whole time they were there.
They had to switch rooms after 2 nights and were put in another beautiful premium suite. They left their luggage in their first room as they headed off to Florence and the staff took care of moving their luggage to their new room. I also requested a birthday pumpkin pie or dessert for my sons birthday and the chef created a beautiful cake that was delivered to their room
Upon their return from Florence. The newlyweds said the food was spectacular and they just felt so special the entire trip. They left to spend the last few nights in Venice and said they wished they had stayed in Tuscany at the villa le Maschere! They said it was so much nicer than Venice and they just loved the ambiance and the area all around the villa. They said they will be back for a Anniversary some day for sure!
For the price you pay, you expect spectacular, while the building and surroundings are very beautiful and that staff are very nice, polite and helpful, nothing about this place is spectacular!
The staff are by far the best aspect of this hotel. They all speak a multitude of languages and are very polite and attentive.
Unfortunately the building does need some improvements and maintenance.
The room we stayed in, the bed was uncomfortable, the bed sheets very worn/ used and bubbled. We asked they be changed but the new was the same.
The pillows were very thick so were uncomfortable to sleep on.
The shower was very hard to use. The knobs turned by themselves when the shower is on and didn’t start immediately when the knobs turned. The hairdryer had a torn cable and cut out after 1 minute.
The door into the bedroom hit the ceiling so does not open even 90 degrees.
The decoration is cracking and peeling throughout the hotel and spa.
In the spa jacuzzi there are 7 buttons to 7 different jacuzzi areas/ functions. 4 of them don’t work.
Everything is very expensive. €7 is the cheapest beer in the bar.
I could go on but I think you get the point.
The place and facility is not worth the money but if you want staff that call you sir 24/7 and are very polite and to be one of the few guests there then you may enjoy this hotel.
We stayed at this hotel while travelling on a Luxury Gold bus tour of Italy. We had no problem with the hotel. The room was awesome, the breakfasts were lovely, the pool was great...but, the location was too far from anything. This may seem like a good thing, and if your holiday is designed to get away from civilisation, then this is a great place to stay. However, because we were on a bus tour, and had no transport, the nearest town was 30 minutes drive away. Ultimately, the hotel was a great place to stay with excellent rooms, lobby and restaurant, and the location issues were only an issue for our circumstances. Stay there, you’ll love it.
Our visit was for a rest, we had a junior suite and from arrival to departure the staff could not have been more attentive...they learn your name, they learn your preferences. The building is old and charming, but has a delightful feel and some contemporary style. Other than mandatory safety signage any other signage is discrete and your senses are not affronted by product advertising, just good quality service. Food is fresh, imaginative and worth 'eating in' .
Quiet and restful, beautiful grounds, great spa....go and enjoy!!